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Mother Tongue

Department Vision: to develop a quality multicultural curriculum, and advocate the lively and vibrant Mother Tongue Language teaching and learning.

Department Mission: to enhance the student's interests in Mother Tongue Language competency and enriched with rich cultural immersion, so that they can learn and use the language with confidence in effective communication.


With the emphasis of enhancement in global perspectives for learners as a new economic powerhouse, a good command of the multi-lingual abilities and an understanding of one’s own traditions is an essential asset in today's society. The TKGS Mother Tongue Language programme is aimed at equipping girls with competency in using the language as a communication tool, as well as developing in them an appreciation for the richness of the traditional culture and history. We want to help girls gain awareness of their cultural identity, find their roots and master the art of communicating in mother tongue languages.

At TKGS, we believe in helping every girl understand her historical and cultural identity. We want to help girls find their roots and master their Mother Tongue Language. In this age where Mother Tongue Language are those if the emerging economies, we aim to equip girls with skills in speaking and writing completely and confidently, and thus put them in good stead for future job opportunities and business collaboration.


We believe in teaching Mother Tongue in an all-rounded and engaging manner. Our teachers use a variety of resources with text and non-text tool like ICT for teaching and learning, such as iMTL portal, edumall2.0, Learning Management System, novels, poetry, drama, music and news media in their teaching of the language. Reading, listening writing and oratorical skills are developed through a multitude of activities, such as classroom discussions and online forum on current affairs or selected literature, analysis of the power of the language in classical poetry and modern music, and school-wide events which stimulate the girls' interests in their Mother Tongue.

Beyond the confines of the classroom, girls experience the richness and understand the nuances of their Mother Tongue through visits to cultural sites, educational institutions, museums and the theatre, as well as their participation in various enrichment programmes. Through the Mother Tongue Programme, we want to promote girls' cultural literacy and skills in language, and hence prepare them for the world stage.

Our teaching is focused on developing reading, writing and oratory skills through variety of activities, such as Project Work Competition, Online Students’ Forum/Blogging, Creative Reading Programmes and News Production and Short-Film Making Competition. It is also our aim to help girls cultivate the habit of reading Chinese books. They are exposed to various kinds of literature at different levels for differentiated of abilities learners.

Our school-based curriculum aims at developing the cognitive processes of our students, leading them to enhance the 21st century competencies nurturing them to be critical thinkers and confident speakers.

We believe in making the language come to life outside the textbooks. Our department has developed the cultural exposure programme (CEP) with Brunei, Xi’an and Tianjin partner schools. CEP familiarizes the pupils with the Chinese language and culture through many interactive activities.  Activities during the MT fortnight also serve to further enhance the girls' appreciation for traditional culture. Selected students will also have the opportunity to participate in an overseas cultural research project such as the overseas immersion programme in China for Sec 2 and 3 high abilities students.

Curricular Features

Approach & Pedagogy
§  Communicative Arts Approach encouraging collaborative and communication skills

§  Differentiated teaching and learning with banded groups

§  Infusion of ICT, HOM, TfU and NE into curriculum

§  Cooperative Learning strategies

§  On-line teaching and learning

§  Group project work for team building

Assignments / Homework

§  At least 8 Compositions and 4 email writings with 15 News reports on critical reflections on current affairs and hot topics for self-reflection work.

§  MOE Workbooks, external vocabulary revision materials, other school exam papers and past years GCE 'O' Level exam papers have served as a constant revision resources for assessments.

§  Level project works competitions as learning beyond texts

§  Oral Communication Package for oral practices

§  Online teaching and learning

Enrichment Activities

§  TKGS+ Stretch Programme: Tianjin Eco-City Learning Trip with Humanities Department

§  Brunei School Twinning Programme

§  Singapore – Xi’an School Twinning Programme with Maris Stella High School – hosting and overseas exchange.

§  Local Learning Journeys to Cultural Heritage related sites of Singapore

§  School Based Language and Cultural Workshops via MT Fortnight Week and Cultural Camp programmes

§  MT Language and Arts, Music, Drama and cultural appreciation programme via CPES Funds

§  Extensive Reading Programme weekly

Alternative Forms of Assessment

§  Quizzes, language games

§  News Video Production

§  Short-Film Production and Dramatization

Exam format

Aligned to GCE O-Level Exam format.